The ACJ Wrap: COVID-19 in Delhi

A view of the India Gate | Associated Press

The state of Delhi on 08/02/2022 during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arushi Bhaskar

Delhi recorded 1151 new cases of COVID-19 on February 7, along with 15 deaths, according to the health bulletin. The test positivity rate is currently at 2.62%.

The highest positivity rate during the third wave was recorded on January 14, when it was at 30.6%. Looking at data from the last three days in this Mint report, it seems as if the test positivity rate in the city is hovering somewhere under 3% as of now.

Schools reopening

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority allowed offline classes for students from classes 9-12 from February 7 onwards, with reopening of schools for students from classes nursery to class 8 scheduled on February 14. Students, parents, and school principals talk about the excitement and relief of returning to schools in this Hindustan Times report.

Translation: “Very happy to see children back in schools. Even they were frustrated (with online classes). God forbid we have to close schools again.”

… but colleges still shut?

Student political outfits from across the ideological spectrum are demanding that Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) be reopened immediately. A protest was held outside the DU Vice-Chancellor’s office, memorandums were submitted, and lies were exposed— all covered here by The Hindu.

War of words

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in the Lok Sabha on Monday, where he claimed that the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were responsible for the migrant exodus that happened during the first pandemic-induced lockdowns in March 2020, both parties and their allies have responded with cutting remarks of their own, prompting more comments from BJP politicians. However, as The Indian Express points out here, Modi made no mention of Gujarat in his speech, even though former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had called the migrant exodus from the state probably “the biggest migration in independent India which Gujarat has done.”

Translation: “Listen Yogi, you please let it be. The way people’s corpses were floating in the river and you spent crores of rupees to publish your fake praise in an advertisement in the Time magazine. I have never seen a ruler as pitiless and cruel as you.”

That’s all for today folks. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s updates. Wear a mask and be safe.